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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Beyond fear…

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV)

I find it fascinating (as are the many Ways of God) that I seem to be moving away from fear. So many things that once caused me great angst just don’t bother me anymore. Like teaching my teenager to drive.

Teaching my teenager to drive was never my plan (someday I’ll learn. God cares nothing for my plans…His are always better.) That was a daddy job I joyfully ceded; I felt no sense of competition or loss…it was all good. God cares nothing for my plans. I remind myself that He speaks in many voices, and remember a lesson I learned not so long ago…
According to a Buddhist proverb, if you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep walking. I am starting to understand, Lord. You are my point of orientation, my magnetic North. Once I commit to surrender, I’m walking towards You.

If I face the Throne of Grace,
I am always moving in the right direction.

Teaching my teenager to drive.  She expected Dad to teach her, and so did I. God had another plan.  And perhaps this is why I spent the last 8 weeks seeing what it was like to be coached by a passenger while driving. Perhaps this was God’s way of preparing me to a) do His Will, b) model intentional patience and Grace, and c) overcome yet another of my fears…teaching my teenager to drive. God finds the most unusual times and circumstances to get my attention.

I must be walking in the right direction.  Yup, I’m headed that way, because I received the most extraordinary confirmation today and here it is…(brace yourself, because this might hit you right between the eyes like it did me), not only does God care nothing for my plans, He also cares not a bit about my comfort zone (more on that later). In explaining the text, Matthew Henry’s Commentary advises us that we are assured of the constant presence of God. His constancy. You know, that while we change continually (change or die, the choice life presents), He and His Presence are Constant. Omnipresent. Everlasting. Eternal.

So, while I will never be free of my fears (I think fear is a healthy emotion), I will not be paralyzed by it. I will not become its victim. Thought I may not know what lies ahead, I know this…He is my point of orientation. If I face the Throne of Grace, I am always moving in the right direction. And when it really gets scary, I will concentrate on Him, Whose Presence is Constant; Who Is From Everlasting to Everlasting; The Great I AM.

I never, ever, thought this would be my Facebook status…
For the last two Saturday mornings, I've been a passenger in my car as La Princessa (our daughter) learns to drive. I have not sworn. I have not prayed (in desperation, though I admit to praying for safety and a peaceful spirit), we have laughed. We have enjoyed one another's company. This little girl can drive. I am proud, I am a little stunned. This is cool...

And so I move beyond fear into Grace. Yeah…that’s cool.
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